Students participate in a Caritas Ks challenge to raise money for Project Compassion. Photo credit: Caritas Australia

Growing young hearts and minds

We connect with Catholic school students across the country to encourage them to serve the most vulnerable by better understanding the causes of poverty as well as its solutions. We are growing young hearts and minds for social and ecological justice.

Partnering with Australian schools

We work with schools across the country, helping educate children and young people about poverty in our world.

We hope to inspire our future leaders to "be more", and serve those who are struggling. Our Community Engagement Animator Team works in every state to provide resources, deliver virtual sessions and support people to get engaged in global social and ecological justice. 

Learn more about Global Social Justice.

School Resources

Ready-to-download resources for primary and secondary levels that include links to Catholic Social Teaching principles and promote an integral ecology. 

School Resources

Project Compassion

Teaching resources for years K-12 will help your students to see, learn and act for justice now and 'for all future generations'.

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Virtual sessions

Tailored virtual sessions to bring the world of international development into your classroom. 

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Earthcare Schools

A student-led program promoting an integral ecology and supporting your school to become a flourishing Laudato Si' community. 


"Let us not develop an education that creates in the mind of the student a hope of becoming rich and having the power to dominate [but one that forms] the lofty ideal of loving, of preparing oneself to serve and to give oneself to others."

St Oscar Romero

Community Engagement Contacts

For general school enquires please email: education@caritas.org.au 

Community Engagement Manager

Michael McGirr 

Community Engagement Animator - QLD / NT

Andrew Knife

Community Engagement Animator - NSW / ACT

Dominic Smith

Community Engagement Animator - VIC / TAS

Gwen Michener

Community Engagement Animator - WA / SA

Deacon Paul Reid

Youth Participation Coordinator

Sabrina Stevens 

Catholic Earthcare Coordinator

Alice Carwardine

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